Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park recognised by Royal visit
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park welcomed His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, on Tuesday 19 March to meet representatives involved with the project, which is transforming one of the most deprived areas in the UK.
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is delivering a tangible legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games through a combination of world-class sports facilities, education, new skills, research and innovation, environmental improvements and opportunities for the local community.
Dignitaries and representatives from the Park met with His Royal Highness as he was given an overview of the site.
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is being delivered by Legacy Park Ltd, a joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield City Council.
His Royal Highness met Dr Sarah Clark, Principal of UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, who said: “The Duke was interested to hear about the kinds of careers that our students are progressing onto as a result of studying at the UTC and how support from employers on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is providing them with exciting opportunities to gain real life experience of work related projects.”
At UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park – graded ‘good’ by Ofsted – students complete high-quality technical qualifications in computing, health sciences or sport science as well as GCSEs and A Levels to get the skills that employers and universities need. The UTC opened three years-ago and its three technical specialisms complement the health, wellbeing and tech focus of employers based at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
Councillor Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re very proud to demonstrate the excellence here at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to a royal audience and welcome The Duke of Gloucester to Sheffield. With partners across the city, we have created a truly innovative home for sport, education and research and it’s wonderful that this is being recognised.
“The Park is certainly living up to its name in terms of the legacy created since the 2012 Games, providing education and training, plus some of the best opportunities for sports participation, to thousands of people. We are now starting to appreciate the huge benefits this development brings to the city and we are eager to see how much more can be achieved as the journey continues.”